The new Opel Insignia makes its public debut at the 65th Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) from September 12 – 22. Opel’s flagship model impresses with the introduction of state-of-the-art technology under the hood, in addition to its attractive styling and the adoption of a completely new infotainment generation. Powerful, ultra-efficient direct injection engines, such as two new turbo gasoline units and a new turbo diesel enabling 99 g/km CO2, contribute to a broad, expanded powertrain portfolio. In four and five-door models with a six-speed manual gearbox and Start/Stop, both output variants (88 kW/120 hp and 103 kW/140 hp) consume just 3.7 liters of fuel per 100 km over the combined cycle (according to Regulation [EC] No 715/2007), while the Sports Tourer achieves 3.9 l/100 km. As a result, the Opel Insignia 2.0 CDTI is the most fuel efficient diesel car in its class which earns it the German A+ energy efficiency label. A host of chassis enhancements also ensure higher driving dynamics and ride comfort. At the same time, engineers have made the new Insignia’s body even more aerodynamic. With a drag coefficient of less than 0.25, the Insignia is now the most streamlined - hatchback in the world.
“The new Opel Insignia delivers what customers expect from a prestigious, mid-size class car. Advanced, high-torque engines combine power with exemplary levels of fuel consumption and, together with our premium chassis, they impart a driving feel that ranges from velvety and smooth to sporty and aggressive,” says Michael F. Ableson, Vice President GME Engineering and Adam Opel AG Board Member.
Top: 99 gram turbo diesel in two power output levels
The new Insignia’s broad and expanded engine portfolio delivers performance and comfort without any compromises. It includes a choice of three fuels – gasoline, diesel and LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) – and offers a wide power bandwidth from now 81 kW/110 hp to 184 kW/250 hp. An even stronger OPC version will debut at the Frankfurt Autoshow in September.
The Insignia 2.0 CDTI model is the ‘eco’ and fuel-saving champion. The new 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine with 88 kW/120 hp or 103 kW/140 hp enables CO2 emissions as low as 99 g/km (Sports Tourer: 104 g/km CO2) according to Regulation (EC) No 715/2007, placing it in the A+ efficiency class. Four and five-door models with a six-speed manual gearbox and Start/Stop consume just 3.7 liters of fuel per 100 km over the combined cycle (Sports Tourer: 3.9 l/100 km) – top values for this vehicle class. The main beneficiaries are the environment and owners’ wallets. Compared to its predecessor, the new 103 kW/140 hp version delivers ten more horsepower, while consuming 14 percent less fuel and emitting 13 percent fewer CO2 emissions. Even in its more powerful configuration, with 120 kW/163 hp on tap, the 2.0-liter turbo diesel uses only 4.3 liters fuel per 100 km and emits just 114 g/km CO2 (Sports Tourer: 4.5/100 km and 119 g/km CO2), also putting it into the best A+ efficiency class.
The 2.0 CDTI engines also boast superb torque. The 88 kW/120 hp version generates up to 320 Nm, while its 103 kW/140 hp counterpart offers a maximum of 370 Nm. The 120 kW/163 hp version, available with front or all-wheel drive, gives with 380 Nm ten more Nm. The maximum torque figures are achieved through the automatic overboost function which kicks in at full load.
The top-of-the-line Insignia diesel offer is the 143 kW/195 hp 2.0 BiTurbo CDTI. This high-performance diesel engine develops impressive torque of 400 Nm and is distinguished by its direct responsiveness, as well as exemplary pulling power across a broad rpm range thanks to its sequential, two stage turbochargers. Intake charge compression shared by two turbochargers ensures a fast throttle response and a seamless power delivery. The twin-cooler system with two intercoolers ensures an optimized cooling of the compressed air of both turbochargers. The BiTurbo sedan with a six-speed gearbox sprints from zero to 100 km/h in just 8.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 230 km/h (Sports Tourer: 8.9 seconds and 225 km/h), while consuming just 4.7 liters per 100 km. Its CO2 emissions of 125 g/km are also in the exemplary green efficiency class A (Sports Tourer: 4.9 l/100 km and 129 g/km CO2). In addition to front-wheel drive and manual transmission, the Insignia BiTurbo is also available with adaptive all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission.
Powerful, refined and economical: New-generation SIDI turbo gasoline engine
On the gasoline front, the headline news is the introduction of two new direct injection engines: a 2.0-liter SIDI turbo (Spark Ignition Direct Injection) with 184 kW/250 hp and 400 Nm maximum torque, and the all-new generation 1.6 SIDI turbo with 125 kW/170 hp and 260 Nm (up to 280 Nm with overboost) available from 1,650 rpm.
Distinguishing traits are superb power delivery, excellent running refinement and high fuel economy. In four and five-door models, the 1.6 SIDI turbo requires only 5.9 liters of fuel per 100 km and emits just 139 g/km CO2 (according to Regulation [EC] No 715/2007), while the Sports Tourer consumes 6.2 l/100 km with 146 g/km CO2. This is an improvement of almost 16 percent compared to models powered by the previous 1.6 turbo engine. The engine runs on regular as well as super gasoline fuel.
To provide excellent fuel economy, performance and refinement for exceptional driving comfort, the key development objectives of engineers for the new 1.6 SIDI engine were low overall levels of radiated noise and vibration, with no unusual sounds. Optimization of the induction and exhaust systems included decoupling the cam cover from the cylinder head via specific fasteners and a sealing system. In this way, engineers were able to substantially reduce noise levels resulting from the gasoline direct injection’s pulsed combustion. As a result of such ‘sound-engineering’ measures, Insignia drivers and passengers will appreciate quiet and smooth idling, with a pleasant sound quality even at high road speeds, engine speeds and loads. Balancer shafts integrated in tunnels along the cylinder block also contribute to these enhancements. The 1.6-liter turbo direct injection engine is the only gasoline unit in its displacement class equipped with two such balancer shafts.
Both the 1.6 and 2.0 SIDI turbo can be ordered with a six-speed manual gearbox and Start/Stop, or a new, low-friction six-speed automatic transmission. In addition to front-wheel-drive, the 2.0-liter SIDI Turbo is in some markets also available with all-wheel-drive.
The entry-level gasoline engine at market launch is a frugal and extremely clean (Euro 6) 1.4 turbo with a six-speed manual gearbox and Start/Stop. It delivers 103 kW/140 hp and 200 Nm of torque (220 Nm with overboost), but needs only 5.2 liters of fuel per 100 km and emits 123 g/km CO2 (Sports Tourer 5.6 l/100 km and 131 g/km CO2 according to Regulation [EC] No 715/2007) – that means Best-in-Class Economy.
An alternative, extremely economical powertrain option is the 103 kW/140 hp Insignia 1.4 LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas), with maximum torque of 200 Nm. Like the gasoline version, it meets stringent future Euro 6 emissions standards. With fuel consumption of 7.6 l/100 km (Sports Tourer: 7.9 l/100 km) over the combined cycle and low CO2 emissions of 124 g/km (Sports Tourer: 129 g/km CO2), the Insignia LPG is unrivalled in efficiency class A. In addition to low emissions and fuel costs, a further benefit is its long driving range: in bi-fuel LPG/gasoline operation, up to 1,700 km can be covered without having to stop for refueling.
Streamlined: Insignia leads in aerodynamic values
Exemplary fuel consumption is also a result of the new Insignia’s aerodynamically optimized body design, incorporating many measures that lower its drag coefficient. These include new extended underbody covers, wider front spoiler lips, tail lamp housings designed to enhance airflow separation, and an integrated rear deck lid spoiler.
Insignia 2.0 CDTI models with Start/Stop and 88 kW/120 hp or 103 kW/140 hp also feature an additional, ultra-modern aerodynamic element: an active front air shutter. Air flowing through the front grille to cool the engine usually accounts for up to eight percent of total vehicle air drag. To reduce this effect, a shutter in the lower front grille automatically closes to prevent air entering and causing turbulence. For cold starts, an additional advantage is a faster engine warm up, which also provides fuel consumption and CO2 emissions benefits. Whenever the engine needs air for cooling, the shutter opens automatically. Taking all improvements into account, Opel engineers have succeeded in giving the new Insignia benchmark levels of aerodynamic performance. With exceptionally low Cd values of just below 0.25 for the Insignia hatchback and 0.28 for the Sports Tourer, both models are the most streamlined series production cars in their body variants worldwide.
Driver’s choice: Chassis tuning comfortable or sporty
Despite its tight focus on fuel efficiency, the new Insignia makes no compromises in terms of comfort. Furthermore, Opel’s flagship also makes a new statement in terms of the chassis. While the Insignia has already received many accolades for driving comfort, handling and roadholding, the new edition raises its game even higher. Opel engineers have made a host of chassis improvements, including dampers, roll-bars and steering, which result in improved noise and vibration behavior and even higher levels of comfort. The Insignia now features new dampers and so called rebound springs, while completely new suspension control arms and carrier housings were built into the axle architecture to improve driving comfort. In addition, the diameters of the front and rear anti-roll bars have also been altered.
Opel’s outstanding FlexRide premium chassis system, with its real-time adaptive driving style recognition, is of course also used in the new Insignia. This innovative chassis networks all driving dynamics systems and features electronic damper adjustment, as well as speed-dependent power steering. The driver can choose between three driving modes: Standard for driving comfort, Tour for an even softer, more comfortable drive, and Sport for a more direct, sporty driving experience.